Lega­cies of No­vem­ber 30

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

AN­DRES Boni­fa­cio cel­e­brates his 155th birth­day on No­vem­ber 30. Boni­fa­cio is re­mem­bered as the fa­ther of the Philip­pine Rev­o­lu­tion and of the Katipunan.

There is so much a mys­tery sur­round­ing the

Great Ple­beian, as he left only a few but sig­nif­i­cant writ­ings that mir­ror his pas­sion for the coun­try. There is so much more mys­tery sur­round­ing his death as his and his brother’s bod­ies re­main miss­ing after their ex­e­cu­tion.

The tragic end­ing of Boni­fa­cio still con­tin­ues in our present scene, in the pol­i­tics of fac­tion­al­ism, elitism and power play. His­to­ri­ans such as

Con­stantino and Ocampo re­flect on this be­trayal of the elites and ilustra­dos and the legacy it left us. Re­cent films by Enzo Wil­liams (Boni­fa­cio ang Unang Pan­gulo) and Jer­rod Tarog (Hen­eral Luna, Goyo) also carry such these theme to this mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion with such rel­e­vant medium.

An­other per­son­al­ity born on this date is Mark Twain (real name Sa­muel Cle­mens) in 1835, an Amer­i­can author who wrote about ad­ven­tures of young run­aways and slaves in Tom Sawyer and Huck­le­berry Finn, and the pre­ten­tious­ness of the Amer­i­can aris­to­crats. He also wrote es­says ques­tion­ing the Amer­i­can col­o­niza­tion of the Philip­pines, how Amer­ica acted to put our coun­try un­der its heel

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